John Reimringer, Novelist, and Katrina Vandenberg, Poet, on Writing and Parenthood, 2011-2015
Katrina Vandenberg, poet and creative non-fiction writer, and John Reimringer, novelist, are annual guests on the Bat; their interviews chart their adventures as writers and teachers – and, now, parents.
In this 2012 interview, Katrina talks about her most recent book, An Alphabet Not Unlike the World, and John thinks aloud about his changing reasons for writing and motivation to undertake writing projects. Both reflect on the changes in their lives and their writing since they became parents.
In this 2013 interview, Katrina talks about her current project, inspired by visits with her daughter to the Como conservatory. John talks about his students and the screenplay of his novel Vestments. Together they reflect upon their past year of parenting.
Katrina Vandenberg is the author of Atlas and co-author of the chapbook, On Marriage. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The Southern Review, The American Scholar, Orion, Post Road, Poets and Writers, and other magazines. She has received fellowships from the McKnight, Bush, and Fulbright Foundations; been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference; and held residencies at the Amy Clampitt House, the Poetry Center of Chicago, and the MacDowell Colony. She teaches in The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University.
John Reimringer‘s first novel, Vestments, named one of the “Best Books of 2010” by Publishers Weekly and winner of the 2011 Minnesota Book Award for Novel and Short Story, was a Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week/Starred Review, and the Milkweed Editions 2010 Editor’s Circle Selection. Also an Indie Next and Midwest Connections pick, Vestments was featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s Midmorning. Reimringer has published stories in Carolina Quarterly, Colorado Review, Louisiana Literature, and Gulf Stream Magazine. The recipient of two Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships and a residency at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, he has been a Susannah McCorkle Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a Loft-McKnight Fellow. He teaches English at Normandale Community College.